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A Coalition to Advance Health

The Future of Nursing WV (FONWV) is an action coalition comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders, charged with transforming health care through nursing by implementing the recommendations of the IOM report and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health framework. The FONWV is led by three co-sponsoring organizations, the West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA), West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), and West Virginia Organization of Nurse Leaders (WVONL). The Sponsors serve as planning leaders in the development, organization and funding of the coalition, putting in place an infrastructure that includes an Executive Committee, Action Teams and Strategic Advisors.


Our Work

Our work  creates a culture of health in West Virginia, to make our citizens and our communities healthy and prosperous. We do this by implementing the recommendations described in the landmark reports, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change, Advancing Health (2010) and Charting a Path to Health Equity (2020).

Our action teams  conduct various projects specifically designed to improve the nursing workforce and the health and wellness

of all West Virginians


Our Funding

The Future of Nursing WV is grateful to all of our financial supporters which include:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP, 

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation,

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation,

The Appalachian Regional  Commission,

The US Economic Development Administration,

The Sisters Health Foundation,

Logan Healthcare Foundation,

WV Center for Nursing,

WV Higher Education Policy Commission 

and our Individual and Organizational Donors

Patient with Healthcare Nurse

Our Stakeholders

Our Executive Committee and Action Teams are comprised  of volunteer leaders,

who are dedicated nurses and non-nurses representing diverse stakeholders from 

 healthcare, business, 

education, government  and the 


Our  Strategic Advisors offer cross sector guidance and resources toward achieving the action plans.

Grants and Awards


  • Dismantling Structural Racism, Reducing Barriers for the Minority Nurse Entrepreneur (2023) ($50,000) Funded by AARP Action National Innovation Award

  • The Nurse Entrepreneur Project (2018-2023) ($157,000) Funded by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation 

  • Health Equity Skills Training Project (2022) ($45,000) to strengthen the nursing workforce with an aim to reduce health in equities in select marginalized populations in Appalachia. Funded by AARP, The WV Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and the WV The Center for Nursing

  • The Center for Nurse Entrepreneurship (2021-2024) ($1,300,000) Funded by The US Economic Development Administration (EDA), The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation 

  • Capacity Building Grant - (2019) ($5,000) - Funded by the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington

  • Nursing Workforce Summit (2019) ($140,000) Funded by The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

  • Transition to Practice Online Nursing Education​ Program (2013-2017) ($95,000) Funded by the Sisters Health Foundation, Logan Healthcare Foundation, and The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

  • State Implementation of Action Coalition (2017) Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation & Logan Foundation

  • Strategic Plan Implementation (2017) Funders: The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation & Sisters Health Foundation 


  • WV Non-Profit Association Excellence Award (2016) 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Nurse Leader Award Angie Gray, BSN, RN 

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Breakthrough Nurse Leader Award, Laure Marino, DNP

  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Change Maker Award (2019)

Future of Nursing Honorees


  • 2022                                       Recognizing Nurse Excellence

  • 2017 & 2019                          Emerging Nurse Leaders  (40 under 40)

  • 2018                                       Nightingale Award (40 over 40 years of professional service) 


Future of Nursing WV Action Coalition Participating Groups.

Each of these partners has contributed time, talent, and/or resources to the Future of Nursing WV.

HealthCare Providers

Anchor Medical , LLC;  Beaver, WV

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Camden Clark Medical Center

Charleston Area Medical Center

Coal River Primary Care, LLC, Nellis, WV,

Cornerstone Healthcare

Davis Medical Center

Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Faith Family Health Care, Princeton, WV

FamilyCare Health Centers

Hospice of Kanawha Valley

Independent Health Care Providers, LLC.

Logan Regional Medical Center

Meridian/Highland Hospital

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center

Mon HealthCare

Monongalia Health System

Montgomery General Hospital

Phoenix Rising Health Care, Fairmont, WV 

Preston Memorial Hospital

Raleigh General Hospital

St. Joseph's Hospital

St. Mary's Medical Center


Trinity Family Health Care, Romney,  WV

VA Medical Center

WVU Medicine

WVU Medicine/Thomas Health

WVU Medicine/United Hospital Center


Community Coalitions

Read Aloud WV

Try This WV

West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families         

WV Partnership for Elder Living


Alderson Broaddus College

Association of Deans & Directors of Nursing Education

Bluefield State College

Bridge Valley Community & Technical College

Concord University

Kanawha County Schools

Marshall University

New River Technical and Community College

Shepherd University

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

St. Mary's Center for Education

University of Charleston

Wesleyan University

West Virginia State University

West Virginia University

West Virginia University at Parkersburg 

Wheeling Jesuit University



Ann Dilley White and Julie Steinle Hotz Foundation

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Logan Healthcare Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sisters Health Foundation

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

WV Health Education Foundation



Center for Rural Health Development 

Coalfield Billing, LLC 



McKinley Carter Wealth Services




American College of Nurse-Midwives WV Chapter

West Virginia Nurses Association

WV Association of Nurse Anesthetists

WV Hospital Association

WV Non-Profit Association

WV Organization of Nurse Executives


Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Berkley County Health Department

Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

US Economic Development Administration (EDA)

WV Board of Education

WV Bureau of Business and Economic Research

WV Center for Nursing

WV Division of Public Health

WV RN Board




Faith Community

Faith in Action

Immaculate Conception Nurse Ministry

Partnership of African American Churches

WV Council of Churches

Updated 12/20/22

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